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The Sound of Time

Revealing the hidden music of time
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Many astronomers and composers have used nature and the cosmos as an inspiration source to create their music or to discover the mathematics of the cosmos. (Kepler's "Music of the spheres" comes to mind).

Let's take this more literally.

Ice-cores from different parts of the Greenland and Antarctic icesheet: look at the layers, designate a musical note or a tonal difference to each distance between the layers. Scan the cores, and let's listen to what it gives.

Tree concerto with different species: same simple technique: designate tone to distance between rings, and listen to the music.

Geological formations, idem dito. Grand Canyon's hidden music. Dover's Chalk Rock Concerto.

Living and dieing creatures: cell multiplication or starvation in plants: equate their rythm with a tone, track them under the microscope and let's listen.

This is probably backed, even though I'm not sure.

If not, just think of the Grand Global Warming Concerto: the ice-layers of the Greenland ice-sheet will become smaller these past and future few years. I can hear the music: 10,000 years ago, very cold, long, low tones... then heating up, more rythm,... the Small Ice Age slows things back down, ... but then suddenly a grand finale, a crazy, hellish, hot rythm, 19th century... 20th century... feverish, chaotic mess... 21st century... sounds almost like an explosion...

django, Aug 07 2006

This has been done with DNA and protein sequences. http://www.nslij-genetics.org/dnamusic/
Here's a page of links. [ldischler, Aug 07 2006]

Koyaanisqatsi http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085809/
Entirely composed by a human, but still does the nature>music thing very well. [wagster, Aug 07 2006]

Wolfram Tones http://tones.wolfram.com
computational universe that makes music. may be useful if you feel like trying it. [bleh, Aug 07 2006]

B flat black hole http://www.space.co...le_note_030909.html
desolation was right [joneseatworld, Aug 12 2009]


       I like the Grand Canyon one best.
bungston, Aug 07 2006

       It'll be the first time a musician is asked to read a topographical map. interesting [+].
bleh, Aug 07 2006

       Did you know radiation actually gives off musical notes in the form of vibrations. There is actually a black hole that emits radiation at Bb, although it is fifty octaves below human hearing.
desolationrow, Aug 12 2009

       err, that's a period of over 35 million years... or a wavelength of 1,700,000,000,000,000,000'ish kilometers or about 1.8 *million* light years... so I'm gonna have to go with "no I did not know that" and ask for a cite.
FlyingToaster, Aug 12 2009

       I was climbing the stairs this morning and I heard the sound of time. It was coming from my knees.
bungston, Aug 12 2009

       [FT] I was with you on calling the "BS" on the Bb black hole. But I found a link describing this very thing. Interesting. Check it out!
joneseatworld, Aug 12 2009

       "Tickin' away, the moments that make up a dull day! .... bweaow bow bow reow.... You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand waiiiaaayyy!" +
daseva, Aug 12 2009

       Love that Wolfram link.   

       I wonder what sort of summation set I could use to recreate Beethoven's fifth?
RayfordSteele, Aug 12 2009


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